Africa Security Brief No. 1

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U.S. Security Engagement in Africa

By William M. Bellamy

September 15, 2009

Burkina Faso Counter Terrorism Company receives training and equipment (U.S. Army Africa photo)

A significant development in Africa over the past decade has been the generalized lessening of violent conflict. Revitalized, expanded international peacekeeping, bolstered by a newly launched African Union determination to tackle security challenges, has reinforced this trend. But, much more cohesive interagency coordination under strong White House direction is required if the United States is to contribute to Africa’s sustained stability given the region’s persistent conditions of poverty, inequality, and weak governance.

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Publication Type: Africa Security Briefs

Security Topic(s): Africa Security Trends